WHITE HARVEST FARMS and Farmers Market
EDUCATION, OUTREACH AND SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK
THROUGH PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
“Everything good comes from the earth”
White Harvest Farms and Farmers Market an urban agricultural outreach center
White Harvest Farms (WHF), an initiative of the Clara White Mission, is a 10.5-acre urban farm and training center. White Harvest Farms is located in the historically rich and vibrant neighborhood of Moncrief Springs. The land farmed on today was sold to founder Dr. Eartha White in 1901 by the state’s first African American millionaire, A. L. Lewis. Eartha homesteaded the land for many years, establishing the Boys Improvement Club, a spring-fed pool, and the first African American museum and nursing home in the state of Florida. Eartha, was dedicated to enriching and uplifting the community. Today, the museum still stands on the farm property and is registered as a local historical site. Unfortunately, in the 1960s, the spring was closed as part of a water improvement plan. Much of the northside attractions were closed as a result. Today the Moncrief Creek runs through the farm, separating the 10.5-acre property.
Since 2012, WHF has worked to become a symbol of hope and healing of the community disparities. The farm has adopted no-till regenerative agriculture in an effort to restore soil fertility and grow nutritional food on the land. In fall 2018, WHF was awarded a 3-year NRCS Conservation and Innovation Grant. This grant has enabled WHF to improve the soil on the farm, incorporate biological practices to promote and sustain soil life, develop an onsite compost facility, and implement an integrated pest management system. Through the commitment of organic farming, WHF is able to grow and provide high-quality produce for the community.
WHF offers fresh produce at the farmer’s markets every Saturday 10-2, from October- June. WHF accepts EBT, WIC Vouchers, cash and credit cards for accessible purchases. Also, produce is donated to the Clara White Mission to support their feeding program to the homeless. Additionally, WHF has several local restaurants that purchase produce and partner with the farm. Through continued partnerships at the federal, state and local level WHF continues its dedication to regenerative farm practices and services to the community. WHF is in the process of becoming a multifaceted agritourism destination and agricultural training center. The 5-year strategic plan includes an educational farm for youth programming and job training in agriculture and sustainability practices.
The vision of the WHF is to feed people, heal the land and empower the community. Through the many partnerships, volunteers and staff White Harvest Farms brings new energy, life and resources to the Historic Moncrief Springs community honoring the life and work of Dr. Eartha M. M.White.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
White Harvest Farms is an urban regenerative farm and an agritourism destination dedicated to research and education in regenerative agricultural systems, value added product development and community enrichment programming. We are excited about our new White Harvest Farmers Market & Training Center that will allow us to expand our ability to host youth programming and to store, transform and distribute Florida grown produce locally.
WHITE HARVEST FARMS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteering at White Harvest Farms is an experiential learning opportunity where volunteers actively perform tasks associated with growing organic vegetables. The staff explain assignments and work alongside volunteers as they perform a range of tasks associated with regenerative farming. Volunteer tasks are physical – planting, weeding, bed prep, mulching, harvesting, washing produce, bagging and labeling produce. Actions like digging, raking, bending, twisting, using a wheelbarrow, lifting are part of volunteering with us.
When coming to volunteer at White Harvest Farms, volunteers should wear clothes for outdoor work that they do not mind getting dirty. We recommend closed-toe shoes, pants, breathable long sleeve shirts and a hat. Also consider bringing sunscreen, bug spray and gardening gloves. We provide drinking water but please bring a water bottle that you can refill. We drink a lot of water!
You don’t have to stay for the entire volunteer shift but please arrive by 8am so that we can get started as a team. We meet at the farm for volunteering. The farm is sometimes difficult for some to find, look for the white fence surrounding the farm and the high tunnel on the farm site. If you are driving south on Moncrief, the farm is just after you pass Moncrief Creek on the right-hand side of the road. If you are heading North on Moncrief, the farm is just after you cross the railroad tracks on the left-hand side of the road. Once you arrive, pull through the white gate and park on the cement in front of the Pillars.
The farm accepts volunteers several days a week and can accommodate groups of up to 15 for volunteering. To protect you, farm staff and our customers, White Harvest Farms follows CDC guidelines. We ask that volunteers practice social distancing and wear a mask while on the farm. Especially when you arrive, sign in, congregate as a group or anytime you are involved in harvesting produce. We ask that you do not volunteer if you are feeling unwell.